Blessed is forgiven (pondering Psalm 32)

garden path up stairs

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” Psalm 32:1 Notice how the Psalmist does not say, “Blessed is he who has never sinned.” Although, certainly there would be awesome blessing in a sinless life, that blessing … CLICK to continue…

Vacation Bible School: Teaching Christian children to defend their faith, pt 2

sample of "Sword Drill" activity sheets from VBS--Superstars for Jesus

In Part 1 of Vacation Bible School: Teaching Christian children to defend their faith, we saw that the first goal of Vacation Bible School is leading the children to Jesus so that they can choose for themselves to be known … CLICK to continue…

How to be on guard–even when you’re caught off-guard

moon in dark night sky

As a young mother, seeking to honor God in all of my parenting, I leaned on Him very heavily for strength.  “When I am weak, then am I strong” and “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” … CLICK to continue…

David’s story is my story–Is it your story, too?

The testimony which the Lord gave of David is this: “walk before me, as David…walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee….” (I Kings 9:4) David was not perfect.  He … CLICK to continue…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

oak bark close-up

Sometimes looking at something from a different angle makes a powerful difference.  That old, familiar tree has a very interesting texture… That old, familiar trial has a very awesome purpose. Focus is what matters.  It is logical that if we … CLICK to continue…

On fire for Vacation Bible School!

DSC_7138 by Cameron Strandberg, Fitzhugh Newspaper, Jasper, Alberta 2009 (creative commons attribution license) - flickr.com

Are you on fire for Vacation Bible School?  Do you know that your church’s efforts are truly being blessed by God?  Or do you think of Vacation Bible School with a wavering heart, wondering if you are really doing much … CLICK to continue…

“Lead Me in the Paths of Righteousness for His Name’s Sake”

Which is easier: to ask God for forgiveness of past sins, or to ask Him to take the sin out of your life altogether?  I venture to say, it is easier to ask for forgiveness of the past.  Some will … CLICK to continue…